Kermis meaning

kûrmĭs
The definition of a kermis is a carnival or fair, particularly in the Belgium, the Netherlands, northern France and western Germany.

An example of a kermis is a yearly church fair which is held to earn money for charity.

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An outdoor fair in the Low Countries.
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A fundraising fair or carnival.
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In the Netherlands, Belgium, etc., an outdoor fair or carnival.
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Any somewhat similar fair or entertainment, held usually for charity.
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Alternative form of kirmess.
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Origin of kermis

  • Dutch from Middle Dutch kercmisse Mass on the anniversary of a church dedication (on which day was held a yearly fair) kerc church (ultimately from Late Greek kūriakon, kūrikon (dōma) (house) of the lord church) misse Mass (from Late Latin missa Mass)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition